“This is one moment, / But know that another / Shall pierce you with a sudden painful joy” —T. S. Eliot
In Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal, Jeanette Winterson writes:
So when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle classes, or that it shouldn’t be read at school because it is irrelevant. Or any of the strange and stupid things that are said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy. A tough life needs a tough language – and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers – a language powerful enough to say how it is. It isn’t a hiding place. It’s a finding place.
Which is why Buen Pastor needed a library.